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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Stephen Hopkins

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Stephen Hopkins was born about 1576 in England, possibly in Hampshire.

    Death: He died in Plymouth between June 6 and July 17, 1644.

    Ship: Mayflower, 1620

    Life in England: Stephen Hopkins lived in Hursley, Hampshire by May 1604, when his daughter Elizabeth was baptized. He apparently left there, leaving his family behind, in 1608. He might have been the Stephen Hopkins who went to Bermuda aboard the Sea Venture in 1609, and was away for some years. His wife, Mary, died in Hursley in 1613, and her inventory referred to a shop. By February 1617/8, Stephen was living in London.

    Life in New England: Stephen Hopkins was active in the first year of Plymouth Colony, serving as emissary to Massasoit several times. He was a freeman of the colony and served as assistant to the Governor from 1633–1636. He was also presented in court and fined for allowing drinking and playing “shovellboard” at his house.

    Family: Stephen Hopkins married (1) Mary _____ about 1603 in England and had three children. She was buried on May 9, 1613. He married (2) Elizabeth Fisher on February 19, 1617/8, at St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, London and had six children. Elizabeth died in Plymouth in the early 1640s.

    Children of Stephen and Mary Hopkins, born in Hursley:

    • Elizabeth was baptized on May 13, 1604. She was alive at her mother’s death, but there is no further reference.
    • Constance was baptized on May 11, 1606. She married Nicholas Snow in Plymouth by May 22, 1627, and had twelve children. She died in Eastham in mid-October 1677.
    • Giles was baptized on January 30, 1607/8. He married Catherine Whelden in Plymouth on October 9, 1639, and had ten children. He died in Eastham between March 5, 1688/9, and April 16, 1690.
    Children of Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins:
    • Damaris was born about 1618 in England, and died young in Plymouth.
    • Oceanus was born in the fall of 1620 aboard the Mayflower. He had died by May 22, 1627.
    • Caleb was born in Plymouth about 1624. He became a seaman and died at Barbados between 1644 and 1651.
    • Deborah was born in Plymouth about 1626. She married Andrew Ring in Plymouth on April 23, 1646, and had six children. She died probably before 1674.
    • Damaris was born in Plymouth about 1627–8. She married Jacob Cooke after June 10, 1646, and had seven children. She died in Plymouth between January 1665/6 and November 18, 1669.
    • Ruth was born about 1630. She died in Plymouth between November 30, 1644, and spring 1651, unmarried.
    • Elizabeth was born in Plymouth about 1632 and probably died before October 6, 1659, unmarried.
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